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WR121: Research Writing

How do I choose a topic?

Discuss ideas with your professor, a reference librarian, or the Writing Center. Browsing reference books can also help you find an idea that's interesting to you.

How do I wrap my mind around my topic?

Background information can help you contextualize your topic, adopt appropriate vocabulary and terminology, and support, refute, or define your assumptions.

What articles have been written about my topic?

To find magazine, newspaper, and scholarly articles on your topic, consult the following databases. Remember to:

  • Connect words with"and," "or," and "not"
  • Use "quotation marks" to orcing phrases
  • Use the * to truncate keywords (ex. librar* = libraries, librarians)

How do I cite my sources?

Writing & Citation Help

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